Around half a million taxpayers did not receive their Self Assessment Tax Forms in time to submit and pay by the 31st of July this year. HMRC on their website said that “no one needs to worry about this” and apologised for the delay, presumably caused because the Revenue ran out of paper.
In the notice, HMRC said that if your Unique Taxpayer Reference (10-digit reference number) ends with digits 70 to 99, then you are most likely among those affected.
Pieter Carstens from 1st Contact Tax gives this advice to taxpayers who have been affected by this:
What to do if you haven’t received your statement yet:
- Don’t let HMRC’s mistake turn into a liability for you. Don’t delay because you haven’t received your assessment of reminder letter – you won’t be let off the hook and delaying now might cause further problem for you down the line.
- The best, quickest and easiest thing you can do to get this out of the way is simply to log onto the HMRC website and do your self assessment electronically. You can also make the necessary payments online or over the phone and you can do all this immediately.
- If you choose not to do it online and want to wait for your forms, make sure that you retain proof of when you received your SA statement from HMRC, just in case there’s a discrepancy when it comes to interest charged for late payment.
- If you were required to make a second payment on account in July and only receive your statement in August, you will only need to pay interest on the tax due on the second payment if it hasn’t been paid more than 30 days after you receive your statement.
- To avoid future delays and debacles of this nature, partner with an established, trustworthy accounting firm or umbrella company and avoid HMRC altogether!